(Closed) red raspberry leaf tea

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I want to hear about this, too! I’ve read how it tones the uterus or something 🙂 but is it for real?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am not sure about RRL relating to contractions but I know that it’s supposed to tone/strengthen your uterus, I was going to start taking it for conception this cycle but never picked them up, but this is interesting and I would also love to hear more.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I drank it my entire last pregnancy.  I honestly don’t know if it helped but I had a giant child and my uterus seems to have recovered nicely!  🙂  At the very least, it’s a safe way to stay hydrated.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just be careful, it is contra-indicated in the first trimester, or in anyone who has a history of pre-term labour!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Ms Mini:  Really?!  Where did you find that info?  I had no idea and I drank it…

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@jjmomma: I took a course on herbal remedies when I was in nursing school, and it was in the info given by the professor teaching the class.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Ms Mini:  Well, that is scary.  Thank goodness I had no complications. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@ustechie:  i drank the RRL tea and took Evening Primrose Oil supplements in my last weeks of pregnancy. 

I had started dilating very slowly, about 1 cm a week, one month before my due date, so I was constantly uncomfortable and looking to speed things along.  I found the tea and primrose oil at my neighborhood health food store, checked with my OB first, and added them to my diet.  I would drink the tea in the morning and at night and took one primrose oil tablet a day.  I ended up having a very quick labor (3-4 hours) and delivery about 2 weeks later. 

I should stress that I have no idea if it’s a causation/correlation thing with the tea and primrose oil but it worked for me!  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I don’t know that there’s any proof… but 2 experiences I know of:

1. My sister drank it during labor and went from having contractions 10 mins apart to 4 mins apart within an hour. 

2. I’ve been having 4 cups daily for over a week (I’m at 38 wks), and so far, I’m not finding any huge difference from what probably would’ve happened otherwise. My body has been on the “start early and go slowly & steadily” labor plan for 2.5 months. I’m at 50% effaced and 1 cm dilated right now. Probably where I’d be without the tea. I’m going to keep drinking it though because it can’t hurt anything, and I’m doing everything I can to convince this baby that it’s time to come OUT!

Also– I too have read that it’s not safe for the first trimester or if you’re at risk/having pre-term labor type symptoms, so I didn’t drink any until I was at full-term, just to be safe. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

 Nearly a week after my due date, I took fresh raspberries a friend canned for me, boiled them and made it into a hot tea. I drank 2 glasses. That night,   I had labor contractions at Fri/Sat midnight all the way until I delivered Sunday morning around 7AM.

Later, I read that it starts contractions but doesn’t speed up labor. It certainly didn’t in my case. I just wanted to avoid being induced.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I contacted the herbalist who manufactures the brand of tea I bought at Whole Foods and her response is that some believe it can cause spotting and if I have concerns to avoid it.  Well, I’ve never had an issue with pre-term labor, but had I gotten that repsonse from her or learned this info beforehand, I wouldn’t have ingested it when I did, which was around the 2nd trimester.  I’m a bit shocked that no one, OB or herbalist warned me.  🙁

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